Mission: Full Circle Fund is an engaged philanthropy organization cultivating the next generation of community leaders and driving lasting social change in the Bay Area.
Results: Collectively, our members spend thousands of hours in partnership with nonprofits, bringing their skills and connections to bear on the challenges these organization face. In this way, members use their business skills to maximize the value of their philanthropic investment.
Target demographics: Our members are successful entrepreneurs, professionals and executives from the business, start-up, venture capital, government, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. By providing these diverse individuals with quality leadership development and networking opportunities, Full Circle Fund fosters leaders who are knowledgeable and active in social and civic issues.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We provide support to as many as 15 local grantee organizations each year
Geographic areas served: Northern California Bay Area
Programs: Full circle fund experienced strong growth, both in the number of member and in the size of its grant portfolio. In 2014, the membership community grew by 20% and the 2014 grant portfolio included 12 organizations that receive funding and resources from our community. The full circle fund hosted the idea lab, providing an additional opportunity for members to engage and to explore solutions with nonprofits within the grant portfolio. The idea jamathon was an a member engagement event to support additional organizations outside the grant portfolio with consulting and small grants. In addition to forging new relationships with leading bay area companies and foundations, full circle fund completed the pilot year for the health circle with the support of blue shield of california, and also launched the new founders pledge program with the support of the salesforce. Com foundation. At the annual full circle fund benefit gala, full circle fund recognized innovation in philanthropy and entrepreneurship by honoring reid hoffman, jacqueline fuller and google. Org, jeff weiner, and the founders of airbnb. A record amount of funds were raised to support program growth.
From my first interaction with Full Circle Fund at their "Philanthropy Remixed" event in 2008, to this past December when I put my membership on hold to go to school in NY (FCF in NYC would be great!) I have been blown away by the quality of the people they bring together and the conversations they are able to spark. The members of Full Circle Fund are busy, accomplished professionals who commit time and money to this organization because they want to engage with social issues in a way that leverages their professional insights and skills.
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I have been exposed to the amazing work that Full Circle Fund does on a regular basis. The great minds of the Bay Area (and beyond) coming together and dedicating time and money to important areas is truly admirable. Full Circle Fund represents some of the best and brightest working towards making the world a better place. Its members are dedicated, and willing to go the extra mile, and help nonprofits that need it.
Full Circle Fund is the most remarkable organization with which I have ever been affiliated. The members are wonderful and committed people putting in not only their money, but time and effort to help make our grantees successful. As a member run organization, the members:
1) choose the areas where they feel they will have the most impact
2) educate themselves on the areas of interest
3) research non-profits working on those topics
4) go through a grant cycle to choose the non-profits to fund
5) bring their knowledge and connections to the funded non-profits to help make them successful
The organization is run very professionally and is truly exceptional.
I've been involved with Full Circle Fund for five years and I think it's a fantastic organization. It's such a rewarding experience to help our grantees. The quality of the people involved in Full Circle Fund is incredibly high - I'm very inspired by our members from across the public, private and non-profit sectors.